1 dead, 1 wounded after gunfire at reggae concert

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June 18, 2012 2:46:26 PM PDT
The Jamaican reggae star known as Mavado can be seen in the video making his way through the crowd. Hundreds of people were jammed into a nightclub in Newark, New Jersey when suddenly gunfire rang out.

Everybody fell to the floor and it was pandemonium. One fan later died. A security guard was wounded in the arm. The gunman disappeared into the crowd.

"We believe a number of the people, based on what you can see from the video that we are showing, a number of people had their cell phones out and they were actually recording the act that was on stage at the time. So we're hoping that if some of those individuals come forward we may be able to glean something from their videos, from their cell phones, that may help us solve this case," Thomas Fennely, Chief Assistant Essex County Prosecutor, said.

What sparked the shooting is still not clear more than one month after it happened, but the video shows virtually everyone has a cell phone camera. Detectives say even a single image could solve the case.

"There were multiple people holding up their cell phones recording the event, as Mr. Fennely has stated and we believe that some of the images or the video obtained in the phones may help us in our investigation," Det Carlos Olmo, Essex County Prosecutor's Office, said.

Mavado, whose real name is David Brooks, is an internationally-known reggae artist who lost a close friend after a shooting inside a nightclub in Kingston last year.

Mavado was questioned by detectives after the Newark shooting. He was not considered a suspect.

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